This is some vector practice, inspired by the Bauhaus artist, Anni Albers. A long time ago I took this course called “Drawing from the Masters.” It involved visiting area museums and attempting to copy paintings, and sketch statues. It was very useful, and I thought about bringing that approach into the present by taking this wonderfully simple bauhaus style doodle and converting it to vectors. As usually, wrestling with those bezier curves is always harder than it looks.
I feel like I’ve been working on this for a long time and it’s still not done. The hair bothers me. But I love the expression. I was having the kids pose for their passport photos and we were trying to stick with the tips from the US passport photo wesite: “Subject is directly facing camera with a neutral expression; eyes are clearly visible. Neutral expression is preferred.” The kids were having a hard time keeping a straight face but for Peter it seemed to come naturally.
I like that it kind of captures an essence of Peter. In the future I’d like to work on abstracting it a little more (in some ways it looks too photographic). The challenge for me is to see how much I can abstract it while still retaining the essence of the original subject.
I was recently thinking about why it is so hard to cultivate the habit of making art; whether it be words, images, or photography. I came to the conclusion that it should be as simple as cultivating two qualities: courage and discipline. So of course the next step was to google, “How to be more courageous.” And this relevant quote by Chuck Close came up (from WSJ Magazine): Read more
It’s been a long time since I’ve worked on an image that I’m excited about. This was from a photo I took a year ago. Six months later I started doodling over it with the Procreate app. But yesterday I finally came back to it and felt like it was close to being finished. Read more
This is a work in progress. I started with some shell fragments that I found in the Bahamas. They were sitting in a vase for a long time, and it occurred to me that there might be something visually interesting about the shells, individually. Read more